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Development in Action Webinar Series

The pedagogy of water: designing education to support a better understanding of climate induced water crises in India

Date: 14/06/2023

Time: 11:00 (BST)

Location: Online

The pedagogy of water: designing education to support a better understanding of climate induced water crises in India

In this webinar, Commonwealth Alumnus Mansee Bal Bhargava will discuss the need to promote and implement education on climate change induced water crises to reduce inequity within society.

As a result of urbanisation, more people are suffering from water related crises than ever before. Water crises extend beyond droughts and floods to challenges including conflict of ownership, sanitation, gender rights, and epidemics.   

Mansee will discuss how fundamental change is required to close the gap in education on water. Mansee will also highlight the need for gender parity in managing water crises and influencing policy. Whilst women are often disproportionately the most affected by water crises, there is a telling lack of women leadership in policy making on climate change induced water crises.

This webinar will address the CSC development theme, Strengthening resilience and response to crises.

The webinar will last for approximately one hour, including a Q&A session.

The CSC’s Development in Action webinar series provides an opportunity for Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni to present on their work and contribution to development across a range of contemporary global challenges and provide insight into ongoing research and action.

Open to all Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni, the monthly webinars will address one of the CSC’s six development themes and provide an opportunity for attendees to engage in real-time Q&A discussion on the topic presented.

You can watch previous webinars on the CSC’s YouTube channel.

Mansee Bal Bhargava is the National President of the Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WICCI) – Water Resource Council. She is a transdisciplinary learner of the built environment, which includes architecture, urban design, planning, management, and governance of large-scale developments. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, research, education, public speaking, and mentoring in topics around sustainability and livability.

Alongside this work, Mansee has founded initiatives to educate the public on water crises through virtual a series, Wednesdays for Water and Friday Waters. She has also initiated studies on women in architecture and women for water to address concerns about the weak representation of women in key aspects of the built environment.

Mansee completed a masters at CEPT University, Ahmedabad and a PhD at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. She has received global scholarships and fellowships including Commonwealth and Fulbright-Nehru.

Mansee Bal Bhargava is a 2005 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from India. She completed an MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration at the University of Cambridge.